The Cascades 2002...
Mount Rainier & Mount Shuksan...
Dan Pate - Expedition Leader
Dan is an active mountaineer and outdoorsmen. His primary interests are traditional rock climbing, and alpine mountaineering. However, his experience has touched on many different aspects of climbing including; traditional and sport rock climbing, glacier travel, ice climbing, aid climbing, and alpine rock and ice. He has climbed in the Cascades, Texas,
Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Northern Mexico. He has summited a number of 13,000 and 14,000 ft. peaks in the Lower 48 and leads 5.10 rock.
Dan is currently the Executive Board Chairperson of Texas Mountaineers and is a Beginner and Intermediate Class Lead Instructor.
Kevin Donovan - Climbing Member
Kevin is a 46-year old computer systems administrator, adventurer and alpinist. A former U.S. Army Special Forces "A" Detachment member and paramedic brings a lifetime of outdoor experience to the team. He is an active member of the American Alpine Club and the Texas Mountaineers. He has reached the summits of Mera Peak (Nepal) and el Pico de Orizaba (Mexico) and well as a number of significant peaks in the continental United States.
His future climbing plans include an expedition to el Pico de Orizaba (Mexico) as expedition leader, Muztagh Ata (7,548 meters, China) and a yet to be named 8,000 meter peak.
Dave Thoms - Climbing Member
Dave has been climbing regularly for roughly 3 years, and has attempted to get in as much climbing as a gainfully employed person can during that period. Despite the obvious drawbacks of full-time employment, he has managed to climb in places as diverse as California, Washington, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. While he spends most of his time at local crags, he would much rather spend his time on multi pitch trad and alpine climbs.
Some of his more successful experiences include ice climbing in Ouray, a "full-core hard-on" climb of Mt. Baker with a near white-out descent, climbs on Liberty Bell and the South Early Winters Spire, and several single-pitch trad climbs in the Wichitas of Oklahoma and crags around the Bay area of California. In this same period, he has also had some "interesting" experiences. These include a shifting snow slope in bad avalanche conditions 500-ish feet short of the summit.
Bill McKnight - Climbing Member - Team Medic
Bill is a Physician Assistant in family practice who has been climbing for
approximately four years. He particularly enjoys backcountry and alpine
climbing, but like many in the climbing Mecca of Dallas, spends more time
pulling plastic and climbing the stairmaster than ascending snowy peaks. He
has rock climbed in Mexico, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, and
has done some glacier mountaineering Washington state and trekking in Nepal.
He sees his primary contribution to the team as not navigating, and that
he is skinny and easy to pull out of a crevace.